3rd Annual
QCA Conference of the Americas

March 20–22, 2024
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois

The QCA Conference of the Americas (AQCA) provides a venue for the broad, cross-disciplinary community of researchers and practitioners working with configurational-comparative methods and approaches to gather together to present and receive feedback on current research projects, share theoretical and methodological developments, and discuss new directions in configurational-comparative research practices. Bringing together the diverse set of QCA empirical and methodological researchers, AQCA offers a supportive environment for the community to meet, engage in dialogue, network, learn, and collectively move forward on advancing the configurational-comparative perspective.

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Standard rateStudents and those w/financial need
Before Feb 15$250 in-person
$150 virtual
$175 in-person (use code FNAQCA)
$75 virtual (use code FNAVIRTUAL)
After Feb 15$300 in-person
$200 virtual
$225 in-person (use code FNAQCA)
$125 virtual (use code FNAVIRTUAL)

QCA Trainings

Wednesday, March 20, 2023, 10am-3pm

On Wednesday, we will offer two day-long QCA trainings, one introductory and the other advanced.

  1. Introduction to QCA w/Claude Rubinson (University of Houston-Downtown) and Roel Rutten (Tillburg University)
    A ground-up introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and fuzzy sets designed for those who are newer to QCA and/or wish to refresh their knowledge. This workshop focuses on the analytic foundations of the method and its distinctive ontological and epistemological perspective. By the end of the workshop, you will understand the types of research questions that QCA can and cannot answer and will be able to design and execute research projects using QCA.
  2. Advanced R Training w/Adrian Duşa (University of Bucharest)
    Get answers to all of your most pressing questions about the QCA package for R by its author, Adrian Duşa. Professor Duşa will provide detailed procedures of how to perform QCA with R, and discuss alternative methodological solutions to various research situations, using the latest developments in the R package, in both written command and the embedded graphical user interface. This course is specifically for those who have already have experience conducting QCA with R.

Financial Support

A limited number of travel grants and registration waivers will be available for graduate students and others needing financial support. To apply for a travel grant, please email aqca@compasss.org. In order to maximize the support that we can provide, please exhaust your institution’s financial support before applying for support from the conference.


We thank all of the institutional sponsors of AQCA, who make this conference possible. We are actively seeking additional sponsors, particularly those who can provide additional financial support for conference attendees through the travel grant program. If you would like to become a conference sponsor, please email aqca@compasss.org.